Gum Health and Alzheimer’s Disease | Dr. Morgan Taylor


Maintaining optimal gum health is crucial for preserving cognitive function and overall well-being. Recent research has shed light on the link between gum disease and accelerated cognitive decline in individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. While further investigations are warranted, this study underscores the significance of prioritizing oral health to safeguard the entire body.

Conducted by King’s College London and the University of Southampton, the study analyzed 59 patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Through blood tests assessing inflammatory markers and dental examinations by dental hygienists, researchers made significant findings.

The study revealed that individuals with gum disease exhibited cognitive decline six times faster than their counterparts without gum issues. It suggested that the body’s inflammatory response to gum disease could precipitate rapid declines in brain function.

This underscores the critical role of maintaining healthy gums, given previous research linking gum disease to increased risks of heart disease and stroke. Adopting consistent oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice daily for two minutes and regular flossing, is essential for gum health preservation.

For individuals managing Alzheimer’s disease, prioritizing oral health is paramount. Caregivers should ensure adherence to effective daily oral hygiene routines and schedule regular visits to Vestavia Smiles for comprehensive dental assessments.

Dr. Morgan Taylor and our dedicated team at Vestavia Smiles are committed to supporting your oral health journey. For further insights into gum health or to arrange your next appointment, reach out to us today. Your well-being is our priority.

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